Issue No. 101
Sept 2018 
The MSCN Newsletter
  Welcome to Your September 2018 Newsletter!
"Femme nue lisant" by Robert Delaunay

Happy September! All the Senior Colleges are busy with the start of Fall classes. You can view the class catalogs from around the state below.

A big thank you goes to The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on the University of Southern Maine Portland Campus. OLLI Director, Susan Morrow hosted a Senior College gathering following the August 28th "Lead From The Heart" talk by Andrew Crowley. We had representatives from USM Lewiston-Auburn, York County SC, South Coast SC, and Midcoast SC as well as OLLI. People were able to swap notes about their Senior Colleges, and everyone wished they could talk for longer!

In this issue you will find the following articles and reports:

The MSCN will have a table at the  Maine Wisdom Summit: Charting The Pathway Forward (Augusta Civic Center, September 12). Come and say hello if you are attending the summit!

Anne Cardale.
Program Director. Maine Senior College Network
University of Southern Maine
Foof4ThoughtUniversity of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Presents:

Inventing A University In Vietnam
with Bill Hiss

Food for Thought Luncheon
Friday, September 14th

Bill Hiss with students at the Fullbright University, Vietnam

When Ngan Dinh, Bates College class of '02, asked Bill Hiss to help create the first liberal arts college in Vietnam, it was an irresistible invitation. Retired from Bates as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, he traveled to Vietnam last March to help create those offices at the new Fulbright University Vietnam. He will share his experience with us at the USM LAC Senior College Food For Thought luncheon Friday, September 14th.

Bill and his wife Colleen first met Ngan when she was in high school.  Relationships between the USA and Vietnam had improved and students were being offered the opportunity to study at American colleges.  Ngan was the first student from Vietnam to study at Bates.  She then earned her Master's degree at the University of Chicago and her Doctorate at Cambridge University.  Returning to Vietnam, she was a professor in a graduate Fulbright program in public policy.  Now she is the founding Dean of the Undergraduate College in the new university.

The government in Vietnam set aside 70 acres of land and with further support including funds from the United States, Fulbright University Vietnam will open this Fall with 50 students, gradually expanding to 2000.  What is it like to build a university "from scratch" particularly in a country only one generation removed from a war zone?

There are now more than 25 Vietnamese student who have studied at Bates.  The "Where It All Began" photo shows Bill Hiss speaking to then high school junior Ngan's class on American higher education.  Seed money from Bates helped establish VietAbroader a program to disseminate information to high schools in Vietnam about international education.  It now has 30,000 members.

How has all this come about? Join us on September 14th to find out more about this exciting pioneering work.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The program begins at noon. Food for Thought luncheons take place in room 170 at USM's Lewiston-Auburn campus, 50 Westminster Street in Lewiston. The public is invited to attend all Food for Thought presentations. If you wish to have lunch, the cost is $8.00 and an advanced reservation is required. To reserve call 753-6510 before noon on the Wednesday before the luncheon. Food may also be purchased at the campus café.

Submitted by Mary Jane Beardsley,  USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

UUMAForumOnTheFutureUniversity of Maine in Augusta (UMA) Senior College & UMA College of Arts and Sciences present:

Our Political Discourse - Can We Be More Civil?

Forum on the Future
September 30 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Jewett Hall 
UMA campus

Politeness Simulation (1833)

The speakers will address the current status of political dialogue in Maine, and will describe what has brought the State Legislature, as well as the general public to the state of divisiveness, vituperative exchanges, and difficulty in finding common ground. Speakers have been asked to address the influence of social media upon the situation; and also to discuss what might be done to make our dialogue more
respectful, and how we might disagree agreeably. There will be ample opportunity for questions and interaction between the audience and the panel.

Senator Roger Katz, who represents the 15th district of Augusta and surrounding towns. A former Minority Leader, he is currently in his third term in the Senate and is chair of the Government Oversight Committee. He is a graduate of Cony High School, Harvard College and Boston University Law School.

Douglas Rooks, who is the former editor and publisher of the Maine Times and Kennebec Journal. He is the author of "Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible"and "Rise, Decline and Renewal: The Democratic Party in Maine. A magna cum laude graduate of Colby College, he is a local columnist for the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.

Mark Hews is the Maine State Coordinator of the Maine Revives Civility Initiative which coordinates with the National Institute of Civil Discourse. It promotes resources to overcome degradation of our public dialogue. Mark has a bachelors degree in agricultural economics and a Masters degree in public administration. His cross-sector
consulting firm specializes in resource enterprises and rural sustainability.

SAGEkickOFFSeniors Achieving Greater Education (SAGE) at University of Maine at Presque Isle

SAGE Kick Off!

The SAGE Kick Off for its Fall Session was on Friday, September 7 at the UMPI Campus Center. The Kick Off included lunch, an introduction to courses, socialization and door prizes. 

SAGE Spring 2018 Plumbing Class

This semester, SAGE members will be learning about the Geological Wonders of our Western National Parks, UFOs and Astronomy, and a close look at Optimism: Possibilities, Benefits and Risks. They will also be exploring a variety of TED Talks, and delving into Theatre Arts Appreciation. Those interested in local history will hear about John Allen, Maysville Pioneer and His Journal and The Civil War Diary of Presque Isle's Jeweler Robinson.

SAGE Spring 2018 History Class

Courses designed for fun include Let's Go to the Movies, Lockbox Lunch, SAGE Night Out and a variety of SAGE groups, including Games, Book, Outing, and Chess Clubs. The holiday season is not forgotten either! Also on offer are holiday crafts such as Decorating a Gingerbread House, Make it Merry; A Homemade Christmas Decoration, or working on the SAGE entry in the Festival of Trees Project, 2018.

SAGE Spring 2018 Knitting Class

SAGE is again offering their popular Presque Isle Citizens' Academy, Red Cross Ready for Seniors, Finding your Ancestors, and the AARP Smart Driver Course.
SAGE Spring 2018 " Let's Go to the Movies"  Class

Field Trips are also available thanks to a partnership between the SAGE Outing Club and the Caribou Recreation Department.

Submitted by Susanne Sandusky,  Seniors Achieving Greater Education (SAGE) at UMPI

OpportunityAllianceThe Opportunity Alliance

Apply Now For Upcoming Training To Become A Foster Grandparent Or Senior Companion Volunteer!

The Opportunity Alliance has openings for Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteers in Cumberland, York and Oxford counties. These rewarding 
 volunteer opportunities provide individuals 55 and older with the opportunity to take part in active and meaningful volunteer work while receiving many benefits, including a small pay for folks who meet generous income guidelines, as well as much needed support to children and older adults. 

Foster Grandparents serve at sites such as schools and Head Start centers, acting as a tutor or mentor to children in need of academic assistance in one-on-one and small group settings. 

Senior Companions are matched with older adults who are homebound, isolated, or disabled and in need of companionship to help maintain their independence, health, and quality of life. Visits may take place in homes or adult day programs.

Hours: both programs offer between 15 - 40 hours per week, with opportunity to join anytime during the year. Benefits: a tax-free stipend, assistance with mileage and meals, paid time off, accident and liability insurance, training before and during service, improvements to your physical and mental health, and the opportunity to connect with other volunteers regularly! 

Program applicants must be 55 or older 


Sponsoring Organizations  
The Opportunity Alliance offers both a Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion program, serving residents of Cumberland, York, and Western Oxford Counties.
Learn more on the Opportunity Alliance website

Penquis Community Action Agency offers a Foster Grandparent Program serving all Maine Counties outside of Cumberland and York.  Learn more on the Penquis Community Action Agency website  

UMaine Center on Aging offers a Senior Companion Program serving all Maine Counties outside of Cumberland and York. Learn more on the Maine Center on Aging website

Submitted by Alayna Mladucky, Volunteer Coordinator, Senior Volunteer Programs, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions

Fall 2018 Catalogs

University of Southern Maine Aging Initiative

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